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After May 26 Blood Moon, experts are getting ready to welcome another eclipse, but it will be an annular solar eclipse.

An annular eclipse is where the Sun is only partially blocked by the Moon, resulting in the edges of our host star bursting out from behind the Moon’s shadow.

This is also known as a Ring of Fire eclipse, as it appears there is a glowing aura around a silhouetted Sun.

While the US and Canada will see the Ring of Fire eclipse at its peak, Greenland, the North Pole and parts of western Russia will see it.

Within much of North America, people will see the sun in eclipse at sunrise on June 10. In the United States, northerly and easterly latitudes will enjoy an advantage: a deeper eclipse will remain in view for a longer period after sunrise. For instance, from New York City, the eclipse magnitude will reach a whopping 0.80 (80%). And, from there, the eclipse will last for 1 hour and 6 minutes after sunup.

From the U.S. Midwest and East Coast, it’s to your advantage to find an unobstructed view in the direction of sunrise. Otherwise, you might miss the eclipse entirely.

Europeans can watch the partial eclipse from start to finish, as it will take place higher in the sky. That is, it’ll happen more toward the middle of the day on June 10. Even from Europe, though, it’ll be a fairly shallow partial eclipse. For example, from Oslo, Norway, the eclipse will last for 2 hours and 26 minutes, with maximum eclipse magnitude only a bit over 0.40.

From Asia – where the partial eclipse is visible – the eclipse will happen in the late afternoon on June 10. And, from Beijing, China, the moon will first eclipse the sun some 12 minutes before sunset. The maximum eclipse magnitude of 0.08 (8%) will occur right at sunset on June 10.

Over the course of a calendar year, there are between four and seven eclipses – either of the Moon or of the Sun.

They come about in cycles of 173.3 days, just shy of six months.

The reason they come in swathes is because of the angle the Moon orbits the Earth.

The Moon’s journey around our planet is not flat, but rather slightly off at a five-degree angle.

This means that most new Moons or Full Moons are either slightly too north or too south for an eclipse to occur.

However, when a lunar eclipse occurs – which is where the Earth casts a shadow on the Moon – a solar eclipse will follow shortly as the lunar satellite swings around the planet to then block out the light from the Sun.

Earthsky said:

Twice every month, as the Moon circles Earth in its orbit, the moon crosses the ecliptic (Earth’s orbital plane) at points called nodes.

If the Moon is going from south to north, it’s called the Moon’s ascending node, and if the Moon is moving from north to south, it’s called the Moon’s descending node.

Whenever the lunar nodes point directly at the Sun, that momentous event marks the middle of the eclipse season.

The alignment of the Moon, Sun and Earth is most exact when an eclipse happens at the middle of an eclipse season, and the least so when an eclipse occurs at the start, or the end, of an eclipse season.

“Any lunar eclipse happening early or late in the eclipse season presents a penumbral lunar eclipse, whereas any solar eclipse happening early or late in the eclipse season features a skimpy partial eclipse of the Sun.”

Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG Via Getty

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